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All You Need to Know Ahead of Formula One’s Inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix



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The Formula One circus is finally coming back to Las Vegas. On November 19th, Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, and Co. will roar their way down the famed Strip for the first time ever. The race is the third of the campaign that will take place Stateside following already held races in both Miami and Austin, but what can we expect to see when the fastest cars in the world race their way through Sin City? 

Another Max Verstappen Victory?

Well, the first thing we can expect is yet another Max Verstappen victory. His recent victory at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas was his 15th win of a record-breaking campaign. He has already won all but three races this term and has romped his way to a third straight world championship. Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team have closed the gap somewhat in recent weeks, but with the far superior speed of the Flying Dutchman’s Red Bull coupled with one of the longest straights on the calendar in Vegas, yet another Super Max victory is the safe bet.

The Circuit

The Las Vegas Grand Prix will take place on a brand-new street circuit that winds its way through the heart of Sin City. It’s a challenging and technical track, with plenty of tight corners and high-speed straights. The famed Vegas strip will provide an iconic backdrop, giving the whole event a unique and unforgettable atmosphere.

The Experience

Las Vegas is known for its glitz and glamour, and Formula One promises to deliver that in spades. There will be plenty of parties, concerts, and VIP events surrounding the race. You’re guaranteed to a few celebrities in the paddock, with the likes of Anthony Joshua, Tiesto and Prince Harry all recently seen attending the United States Grand Prix in Austin. 

The atmosphere is unlike anything else in the sporting world. The roar of the engines, the smell of gasoline and rubber, the excited chatter of the crowd – it all adds up to create a truly electric atmosphere. And in Las Vegas, you can bet that the party will continue long after the track has gone quiet.

The Drivers

As always, the driver’s line-up is a crucial factor in any F1 race. and as we have seen at Red Bull this season, it is arguably as important as the car itself. Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez looked to be locked in a title battle throughout the first four races of the season. However, in the months since then, the former has decimated the latter, with Checo struggling to keep the chasing Hamilton at bay in the Championship standings while the Flying Dutchman has raced into a mighty 226-point lead at the top of the pile. 

It’s not just the established stars either; rookies such as Japanese star Yuki Tsunoda and America’s own Logan Sargeant – fresh off picking up the first championship point scored by an American in 30 years – are both keen to make a name for themselves.

The Cars

F1 sees 20 cars provided by ten different teams – or constructors as they’re officially known. Red Bull Racing is by far and away the fastest of them, with Mercedes, McLaren and Ferrari all battling it out to be known as the best of the rest. Outside of them, there are Aston Martin, Alpine, Alfa Romeo, Haas and Williams, which would all be happy with a points finish at the upcoming race. 

Las Vegas Racing History

Although this is the first time F1 has come to Vegas in almost 40 years, the city has a rich history when it comes to motorsports. In the past, Sin City has hosted several other races, including the CART IndyCar World Series and the NASCAR Cup Series. But the Las Vegas Grand Prix promises to be something altogether more special. The city has gone all out to make this event a success, with the purpose-built circuit transforming the city.

The Future

Finally, what does the future hold for the F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix? If everything goes to plan, this event could become one of the highlights of the F1 calendar. Las Vegas is a natural fit for the sport, with its love of fast cars and high stakes. In recent years, Sin City has added to its sporting portfolio by enticing both the NFL’s Raiders and the MLB’s Athletics to the city. Add to that the success of the NHL’s Golden Knights, and it goes without saying that in the years to come, we can expect bigger crowds, more exciting races, and more memorable moments on the famed Vegas Strip.

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The F1 Rumor Mill Is Swirling About Max Verstappen



Max Verstappen reportedly threatened to leave Red Bull following his win in Saudi Arabia on March 9. Christian Horner, the head of the Red Bull team, said there is a possibility that Verstappen will leave the team after rifts have emerged. 

Red Bull doesn’t have the ability to stop the Dutch driver from leaving. The reigning champion is under contract until 2028, but Red Bull said they wouldn’t force anyone who doesn’t want to be a part of the team to stay. They don’t want to use the contract to keep Verstappen hostage. If anyone wants to leave Red Bull, they’re free to do so at any time.

Horner Says He’s Mended Relationship With Verstappen

Horner claims he’s still close with Verstappen and that it won’t impact the Red Bull’s performance this year. He believes the team is operating smoothly, and there’s no in-fighting or distractions. Horner said, “I’m aware of all that noise, but it hasn’t distracted the team from the job, and we are one team now.”

Red Bull has been copping it from all sides recently. Horner was involved in a scandal relating to an affair with a colleague at Red Bull, which has been dismissed, but his reported text messages are still floating around the internet.  

Marko and Horner in a Battle for Control of Red Bull

Post a bizarre sequence of events , Red Bull’s director of motorsport, Helmut Marko came out and said he was being investigated and may be suspended after giving press inside scoops about the Horner investigation. Verstappen immediately backed the Austrian former driver and said he’d leave if Marko was booted from the team.

After going public, Marko had a top-secret meeting with Oliver Mintzlaff, Red Bull’s chief executive, and the potential suspension was dropped. However, there’s definitely a power struggle going on at Red Bull, with Horner in one corner and Verstappen and Marko in the other. 

Then Jos Verstappen threw his two cents in and came after Horner. He declared that Horner should step down following the scandal. 

After coming under fire from Jos Verstappen, Horner couldn’t help but make a thinly veiled attack on his son. The team leader said that no one is more important than the team and Red Bull’s success is based on the work of many people. The comments sound ridiculous, considering that Verstappen may be the most talented driver F1 has ever seen, and if he leaves, so does Red Bull’s position as the competition leader.

Horner wants everyone to forget about the scandal and move on. However, we’ll see if Verstappen and his father will play ball. There are also two wings within Red Bull that are butting heads. On one side, you have the Thais, who have majority ownership of the parent company and are firmly behind Horner. Then, on the Austrian side, the company directors are in favor of Verstappen and Marko. 

It remains to be seen who will come out on top in this jockeying for position. However, don’t believe Horner for a second that the issue is put to bed and that he’s on great terms with Max Verstappen. If Verstappen’s father believes Horner should be shown the door, then Max probably shares that opinion as well. Max even came out in defense of his father following the comments about Horner. Max said his father wasn’t a liar and refused to condemn the comments.

Oliver Bearman Shines in Saudi Arabia

Another story dominating the headlines is the emergence of Ferrari’s Oliver Bearman. In his very first F1 race in Saudi Arabia, he finished seventh and looked like a seasoned pro out on the track. The Brit even impressed Lewis Hamilton. The seven-time Formula One champion said, “He did such a phenomenal job, and it just showed he’s a really bright future star.” Although Bearman isn’t expected to feature again this season, he’s certainly turned plenty of heads in his bid for a 2025 seat.

Even though things aren’t so rosy off the track for Red Bull, Verstappen continues to dominate. The Dutch phenomenon again looks untouchable this season. The championship already looks over as other drivers can’t come close to him. His only challenge comes from his teammate Sergio Perez and maybe Charles Leclerc, but they have just a glimmer of hope. The only question this Formula One season is how many races Verstappen will win!

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Verstappen and Russell Advocate for Driver Safety in Call for Car Changes



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George Russell and Max Verstappen are demanding F1 cars be raised to protect drivers’ safety. Currently, Formula One cars have a front ride height of 30 to 35 millimeters and a rear ride height of 75 to 80 millimeters. Russell said the impact drivers feel when cars hit bumps is a risk to drivers’ health. He called the current F1 car heights “unsustainable.”

Reigning world champion Max Verstappen spoke to the governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), after winning the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix. He advised the FIA that the low car heights were causing distress to drivers’ spines which face compression when cars hit bumps at high speeds.

The Dutch driver cited impacts being too high as he demanded that the F1 alter the drive heights and add the changes to the new regulations set to debut in 2026.

However, he’s worried that the FIA won’t do anything about car heights in the latest rule changes, scheduled to be finalized in June. Verstappen said, “We still run very low but I don’t think the 2026 car is going to be any different.”

Is this the First Time We’ve Seen F1 Car Height Issues?

We first started hearing drivers complaining about car heights in 2022, when rule changes reinstated Venturi underfloors. The underfloors create a ground effect, generating increased downforce and grip. The result is the car and driver are pulled down to the track.

Venturi underfloors feature a special inverted wing design that creates a low-pressure area under the car. The downforce is created by expanding the airflow as it goes rearward. To optimally create downforce, F1 cars must be very low to the ground and feature stiff suspension.

The downforce increases as F1 cars reach maximum speed down straights, literally pulling the car closer and closer to the track. During these phases of the race, drivers can feel serious discomfort in their spines. Russell considers it “unsustainable to keep running the cars like this” and is one of many drivers airing that concern with F1.

F1 Cars Are Millimeters from the Ground

As F1 cars pick up speed, they get lower and lower. Russell explained that the difference in height between the start and end of a straight: the length of an AA battery at the beginning decreases to just the size of a chickpea by the end. Even a minuscule bump sends a shockwave through a driver’s body, setting their teeth rattling, and having a strong compression effect on their backs. 

F1 brought in the rule changes because it believed that overtaking maneuvers would become more frequent due to the increased downforce. The idea was that the pack of drivers would be closer by controlling aerodynamic wake.

Mercedes’ technical director James Allison was never convinced about the theory of controlling aerodynamic wake. He believes that the car heights should be increased as it won’t impact races. A slight boost to ride heights and body roll won’t suddenly make F1 races uncompetitive; drivers will still be able to follow each other, and there’ll be regular overtaking maneuvers.

Allison said, “I don’t think it’s sensible to have cars that hug the ground in the way these cars hug it, and I think the idea that you get good racing by controlling wakes while ignoring tires (is flawed).”

Allison believes ground-effect floors have their place in F1 racing and can make races more exciting. However, the current designs that rely on an ultra-low rear ride height are placing the drivers in unnecessary danger without adding too much to the racing. Allison is adamant that the current ground-effect floors should be redesigned and have no place in the new rules in 2026.

Drivers Feel the Strain

The FIA has apparently become obsessed with the idea of wake management, to the detriment of other aspects of racing, like tires. Drivers are looking for a more balanced approach and are not against ground-effect floors. 

At the moment, the FIA hasn’t publicly commented on the issue. We’ll have to wait to see if they take the drivers’ criticism onboard and lift the car heights. However, it seems to have its heart set on maximizing ground effects with ultra-low car heights. 

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Top Corners to Keep an Eye on This F1 Season



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In the world of Formula One racing, every turn and every bend can make or break the race. The F1 season is filled with different challenges, from the tight corners of Monaco that bring drivers virtually to a stop to the lightning-fast bends of Las Vegas where F1 pilots barely brake. Every track pushes the drivers’ limits in different ways.

Let’s delve into the world of Formula One, where speed rules combined with technical mastery reign supreme, and explore the fastest and slowest corners on the planet’s most famous tracks.

The Slowest Corners in F1

It’s not surprising that two of the slowest corners in F1 can be found at Monaco. The Monaco GP is famous for its tight corners as drivers zip around the streets of the luxury principality perched on the northern coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

1. Circuit de Monaco – Loews Hairpin (27mph / 45kph)

The Loews Hairpin in Monaco is legendary for its demand for precise handling. Located in the center of Monte Carlo, this corner forces drivers to decelerate dramatically, navigating a 180-degree turn that practically doubles back on itself. At just 27mph (45kph), the Loews Hairpin is the pinnacle of slow corners in Formula One. This corner is the epitome of classic Formula One racing and forces drivers to show the utmost patience. If drivers get this corner wrong, the consequences can be catastrophic.

2. Circuit de Monaco – Nouvelle Chicane & Anthony Noghes (34mph / 55kph)

Monaco’s Circuit de Monaco features yet another slow corner, the Nouvelle Chicane & Anthony Noghes. This chicane complex presents drivers with a series of tight turns that require expertly timed braking and smooth acceleration. At 34mph (55kph), it challenges even the most seasoned drivers and adds an element of unpredictability to the Monaco GP.

3. Marina Bay Street Circuit – Turn 13 (34mph / 55kph)

Singapore’s Marina Bay Street Circuit is renowned for its night races and technical layout. Turn 13, with a speed of 34mph (55kph), is one of the slowest corners of all F1 bends. Located amid the city skyline, this corner demands finesse as drivers race around the tight bend, battling the glare of the floodlights.

The Fastest Corners in F1

Not all F1 corners require extreme braking like the ones found in the Monaco GP. In certain races like Las Vegas Strip Circuit, drivers hardly brake at all.

1. Las Vegas Strip Circuit – Turn 17 (195mph / 315kph)

Las Vegas, famous for its glitz and glamour, also hosts one of the fastest corners in Formula One racing. Turn 17 on the Las Vegas Strip Circuit sees cars hurtling down the track at a breathtaking 195mph (315kph). This high-speed corner is a test of aerodynamics and bravery as drivers push the limits of their cars.

2. Las Vegas Strip Circuit – Turn 13 (192mph / 310kph)

Another standout corner on the Las Vegas Strip Circuit is Turn 13, where cars reach speeds of 192mph (310kph). This sweeping curve demands commitment from drivers as they battle the rapid changes in elevation and lateral forces. 

3. Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – Courbe Paul Frere & Blanchimont (192mph / 310kph)

Belgium’s Circuit is revered by drivers and fans for its tricky layout and gorgeous surroundings. The Courbe Paul Frere & Blanchimont corner is one of the fastest and most daunting corners on the circuit, with speeds reaching 192mph (310kph). Drivers must exhibit nerves of steel as they fly through this high-speed chicane.

Corners separate the good Formula One drivers from the great, providing the ultimate test. If you want to see how drivers choose to put the excellent engineering of their cars to the test when they tackle the slowest corners in the F1, don’t miss the Monaco GP and pay special attention to the Loews Hairpin and the Nouvelle Chicane & Anthony Noghes, where drivers need to decelerate to just (27mph / 45kph) and (34mph / 55kph).

If you’re instead looking for speed, then the Las Vegas Grand Prix is the race for you. During turns 17 and 13, drivers need to be extremely light on the brakes unless they want to be overtaken. Drivers tend to fly through these corners at (195mph / 315kph) and (192mph / 310kph)!

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